The northern white rhinos are on the brink of extinction as one of its last breeding males has died in Kenya, leaving just six of the species worldwide.
A 34-year-old northern white rhino, named as Suni, was found dead on Friday by the rangers at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
In a released statement, Ol Pejeta Conservancy said, “Consequently the species now stands at the brink of complete extinction, a sorry testament to the greed of the human race.”
According to the Conversancy, the dead rhino was not poached and the exact cause of the animal’s death remains unclear.
Meanwhile, the Conversancy said that a probe has been initiated to know the exact cause of the death of the rhino. A post mortem is likely to be carried out later this week on the rhino by veterinary doctors at the Kenya Wildlife Service.
Suni was one of the last two breeding males of the endangered Northern White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) in the ‘stemcell zoo.’
Suni was the first northern white rhino that was born in captivity in the year 1980 at a Czech zoo in Dvur Kralove. The rhino was later moved to Kenya in December 2009 in a bid to save the species from their rapid extinction.
Suni was among the four northern white rhinos that were shifted from the zoo into the wild forests in an attempt to facilitate the breeding of the species.
“We will continue to do what we can to work with the remaining three animals on Ol Pejeta hoping that our efforts will one day result in the successful birth of a northern white rhino calf,” the Conservancy said in the statement.
The population of northern white rhinos has declined drastically over the decades, thanks to the increasing incidences of poaching. On the other hand, the southern white rhinos are still found in good numbers along the plains of sub-Saharan Africa.
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